Since becoming President of ALL, I have spent a great deal of time meeting members, volunteers, conferring with committees and coordinators and have repeatedly been impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication so many of you bring to ALL. It takes many people to make this organization a success, and we have a plethora of people willing to share their time and talents with ALL. Thank you.
As the fall semester 2013 winds down, plans for the spring semester (which begins on January 27) are almost complete. You’ll be hearing all about these activities in ALLways and Constant Contact.
Cannes on the Cape will be coming to ALL from January 14-16 in Lecture Hall B. Each day will start with coffee and pastries which will be served in the ALL office from 8:45-9:15. Lili Seely is chairman of this three-day event with Mary Joyce leading the discussion of The Grapes of Wrath on January 15. Kate Lathrop rounds out the committee which will bring this exciting movie adventure to you.
A committee, made up of Sandra Piver, Arlene Lewis, Mary Joyce and Michael Pigo-Cronin are planning a series of events around the themes of the The Grapes of Wrath. ALL members are encouraged to read the book, see the movie and participate in the discussions and lectures throughout the semester.
I hope to see you at the Holiday Party on December 6 at 12:00 in the Upper Commons. The Board of Directors wishes all of you a very happy holiday season.
ALL Needs Your Help
In an effort to make ALL more visible in the community, a Speaker’s Bureau chaired by Nancy Farrell is ready to make a presentation at Senior Centers, Garden Clubs, Newcomers Clubs or any other organization who would like to introduce their membership to ALL.
Nancy and Martha Guzikowski have already spoken to the “The Villagers” at Barnstable Senior Center, but need your help in scheduling more talks. If you belong to a group that would like to meet Nancy and hear her presentation, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The membership committee is looking for members to work with volunteers and to attract new members. Please contact Chris Johnston at b email@example.com
The Grapes of Wrath
Series of 2014 Spring Events
The mid-winter movie festival, planned for January 14 through 16, 2014 will devote one day, Jan. 15, to John Steinbeck’s classic, The Grapes of Wrath. The movie will be shown in the morning, followed by a discussion of the movie and the book in the afternoon.
We encourage A.L.L. members to read this masterpiece, as other events are planned around it during the spring semester.
- February 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.: Dan McCullough will give a lecture on homelessness on the Cape.
We encourage ALL members to donate articles of clothing for the homeless (socks, underwear, gloves, hats, etc.) before the day of his lecture. Bins will be provided for this purpose in the ALL area.
- March 11, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Marty Sandler will give a lecture on his book, The Dust Bowl Through the Lens: How Photographs Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster.
ALL members will be able to purchase a copy of Marty’s book, which he will autograph after his talk.
- In April (date TBA), PANEL DISCUSSION: Poverty on Cape Cod. Representatives of organizations involved in helping to provide food, housing, clothing and safety will participate.
We encourage ALL members to come and learn about our neighbors whose lives are impacted by the problems of poverty.
Begin reading and plan to attend these interrelated events.
Mark the above dates on your calendars
Events Committee for One-Book Series:
Mary Joyce, Arlene Lewis, Michael Pigo-Cronin, Sandra Piver
Cannes on the Cape Coming Our Way
Lili Seely, chairman of the “Cannes on the Cape” movie festival, has announced the festival will be held on January 14, 15 and 16 in Lecture Hall B in the Science Building. Lili has selected 3 of the best documentaries out of the 150 she has shown in her ALL course: “The Doc is In.”
“I’m taking a page pout of Arlene Lewis’s book and, like her, I won’t reveal the names of any of the movies to be shown at the festival,” says Lili. “So come and be surprised.”
Some of the best Australian movies will be viewed on Thursday. The Grapes of Wrath will be shown Wednesday morning followed by lunch and discussion of the book and movie in the afternoon which will be led by Mary Joyce.
Coffee and pastries will be served each day between 8:45-9:15 in the ALL office. The curtain rises in Lecture Hall B at 9:30. Following the morning movie a complimentary lunch will be served in the cafeteria to the 60 ALL members who have signed up at the desk.
On Tuesday and Thursday the afternoon movies will start at 12:15 and 2:30. On Wednesday afternoon the discussion will begin at 12:15 as well.
Remember, seating is limited to 60 people, so sign up at the desk without delay. It’s a great way to spend some winter days on Cape Cod.
From the Curriculum Committee
The Curriculum Committee has been working hard during September and October, putting together a fine roster of courses for the spring semester of 2014. The new catalog went to the printer at the beginning of November – at this time of year there is a lot of printing going on, so we have to allow plenty of time. The catalog will be printed by early December and will go to our mailing service for mailing a few days before Christmas. The ALL office will be open for registration during most of January, beginning on the first Monday, January 6th, and classes will begin on Monday the 27th.
The committee is grateful to our intrepid team of coordinators, who contribute their time and talents to providing a rich set of course offerings for ALL members.
The committee welcomes ideas for new course offerings, and we encourage those with special knowledge or skills who are not yet sharing them with other ALL members to become coordinators. As soon as the coming spring semester begins, we will go to work on preparing the catalog for the fall semester of 2014.
Do You Know What BOD Members Do?
Joe Didato describes his job.
Long Range Planning Committee Job Description
The focus of the LRPC is to assess the future organizational needs, philosophy, and direction of A.L.L. As such, it serves as an advisory body for the Board. It is the committee’s responsibility to seek input not only from the Board of Directors but most importantly, from the membership. The latter input can be accomplished via articles in the A.L.L. newsletter as well as, annually surveying all members regarding their opinions on a variety of concerns.
The LRPC is chaired by a Board member appointed annually by the Board president. It is the responsibility of the chair to select 6-8 ALL colleagues to serve on the committee as well as to determine the frequency of its meetings.
All recommendations coming from the LRPC are to be submitted to the Board of Directors for further discussion and possible implementation.
Here’s Some of What’s Happening in our Classes
On Thursday, Nov. 11, guest speaker Zig Guzikowski gave a diverting and challenging presentation to Ivan Barofsky’s class, The Sense of Quality, about the aesthetics of art. By creating a grid which he overlaid on natural images, artworks and photographs (including some of his own), Zig illustrated how our perceptual system is organized to find images which adhere to Fibonacci’s “Golden Mean” linear ratio (1:1.618) “most pleasing to the eye”. Seashells, the Parthenon and Botticelli’s Prima Vera proved true; an Escher print, in contrast, “challenged the eye by not adhering to the principle.” Especially valuable: we learned why the primary image in a photo should not be centered. A fascinating and valuable lecture. Thank you, Zig. Marjorie Wright
Rabbi David Freelund spoke at Barbara Baron’s “Radical Islam” class on November 6. He talked of his hope for reconciliation among different religious faiths.
“We were pleased that he joined our class for a session,” Barbara said.
This is the fourth semester Barbara has coordinated class and says all the participants are interested in hearing different points of view.
Marty Sandler spoke at Rick Korblum’s Franklin & Eleanor class last month. Rick calls Marty his mentor, the man who helped him devise the popular course.
“It’s always great to have him come to my classes, which he has every year in the four years I’ve been coordinating this course,” Rick says.
Ed. Note: Rick has become something of an expert on the Roosevelts and the era. He has been invited to talk at retirement homes and at book groups. He recently spoke at the prestigious Doris Kearns Goodwin conference at the Brewster Ladies Library.
Stew Goodwin Speaks to a Full House o
“NASA, FISA & Privacy”
On a rainy and windy late afternoon last month noted historian and instructor Stew Goodwin educated a lecture room full of ALLers on how government agencies are watching us. All of us, all the time.
With slides and commentary, Stew gave us facts and figures that “gives you an idea there is no such thing as privacy.” full of ALLers on how government agencies are watching us. All of us, all the time.
A Q.&A. period followed his talk where audience members asked a host of questions. A very informative and a big scare on a dark and dismal day. BSL
Business Meeting Precedes Holiday Party
At the Holiday Party on December 6, 2013, there will be a short business meeting to discuss the following proposed changes to the ALL Bylaws. Members will vote following this meeting by mailed ballots. The ballots will be mailed with the Spring Catalog and must be signed and placed in the ballot box in the main office by January 21, 2014.
To delete inaccurate information from the Bylaws. The Board of Directors is presently made up of 10 members not 11. The Bylaw language defines the Board as “not less than six or more than 15.”
Bylaw Article III Board of Directors
delete the following sentence
“Until so changed, the number of Directors shall be eleven.”
To change the title of the Public Relations Committee to “Communications” as this committee is now working with both internal and external communications.
Bylaw Article V Committees Section 1
change “Public Relations” to “Communications”.
Bylaw Article V Committees Section 2.
change “Public Relations” to Communications”
Bylaw Article V Committees Section 8
change “Public Relations” to “Communications”.
To increase the duties of the Ways and Means Committee to include all financial goals. This establishment of a finance committee has been a recommendation of the past two ALL retreats.
Bylaw Article V. Committees Section 10.
change present language - “The Ways and Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee shall come under the auspices of the Treasurer. The Ways and Means Committee shall conduct special short-term fund raising programs subject to the direction of the Board. In addition, the Ways and Means chairperson shall monitor the need and execute the Program of Memorial Donations as directed by the Board.”
to:“ The Ways and Means Committee/Finance. The Ways and Means/ Finance Committee shall come under the auspices of the Treasurer. The Ways and Means/ Finance Committee shall identify short and long range financial goals, and identify sources of revenue to provide for said goals. Additionally, the committee shall monitor the need and execute the Program of Memorial Donations as directed by the Board.”
Bylaw Article V Committees Section 1.change “Ways and Means” to “Ways and Means/Finance.”
From The Hospitality Committee
As in past years this will be a pot luck lunch from noon to 2:00: main dishes and desserts will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all. Look for the signup sheets located at the front desk at our ALL office.
Board of Directors
Summary of November meeting
The ALL Board of Directors met on November 15, 2013. A number of topics were discussed and decisions made on several topics including:
Purchase of Chairs: The Board is considering a proposal to purchase new chairs for the ALL classrooms 106 and 115.
Curriculum: Ongoing concerns of the Curriculum Committee on what types of courses are appropriate for ALL were reviewed. The Board will work with the committee to develop guidelines for selecting courses consistent with the ALL mission.
Publicity in ALLways: The Board unanimously approved a motion that activities that are not ALL-sponsored will not be promoted in the newsletter.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 20 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 115
Spotlight: Norma Cohen
Scurrying from classroom to classroom, former ALL President Norma Cohen is addressing the participants of ALL classes encouraging them to run for our Board of Directors. Norma chairs the newly formed nominating committee. It’s a task she takes seriously but with great vigor and humor.
“We need to encourage people to run for the BOD, tell them it’s one meeting a month and that they’d chair one committee. That’s it. It’s fun, it’s rewarding and it’s a way of giving back to ALL.”
A native of Montreal, Norma came to the U.S. with her husband, Len, to whom she had written (“We were pen-pals before we were spouses.”) while she was in Canada and he was stationed in Arizona. They
honeymooned on the Cape and always dreamed of living here. Unfortunately, Len died before they could do so; Norma came by herself 13 years ago and has stayed. She lives in Mashpee.
Early on she began taking ALL courses, joined committees and then ran for president.
“I didn’t make it on the first round, so I joined more committees and got to know more people and was elected president for the 2008-2009 academic year. I found it an absolutely worthwhile experience. I was glad to be able to meet the challenges, thanks to all the fine people on the ALL Board.”
Norma says it was great to have the ALL president who preceded her, Harvey Irlen, as her mentor/ex officio, a position that no longer exists. He remained on the Board for the year and Norma says he “showed me the way, guided me and was an inspiration.” Norma was, in turn, a mentor to the next incoming president, Beth Friend.
“I’d like to see the ex officio position return,” Norma says.
Norma credits the other members of the new nominating committee who, like her, are visiting ALL classes this semester with the same message: Consider running for the Board. Ask us questions. Call us. They are: Aimee Silberman, Harvery Irlen, Ann Corbett and Beth Friend. Present BOD member Christine Johnston is their liaison to the current Board. A committee member will visit every ALL class in all locations.
There will be four openings on next academic year’s Board, and Norma says her committee is looking for eight people to run.
“People are already showing interest,” she says. “It takes time. People need thinking time.”
Thank you Norma, and your committee, for all you’re doing. We hope you have the best time on your Mexican vacation in February. BSL
Two Free 4Cs Classes Open to ALL members
Tuesdays at 3:30, a series of films at Lecture Hall A in the science building – free, brief introduction, no discussion afterwards. Many are foreign films. For the rest of this semester they are ones that were nominated for an Academy Award in years past including Wings of Desire, and Midnight in Paris. Full list is on website for Films at CCCC.
Tuesdays at 11:30 – 12:15, Tai Chi Easy (trademarked) given by Dr. Jay Crider in room 104 in the gym building. This is a gentle tai chi (Google it); the benefits: lower blood pressure, better concentration, some pain relief, stress reduction.
ALL Art Gallery
We need ALL member artists to show their work! There are 3 artists who display their paintings or photography, every 6 weeks during the school year. 30% of the sales are donated to ALL.
All will offer its members the opportunity to donate food items to the Harwich Food Pantry from November 1- December 6 in the ALL office lobby. The Harwich Food Bank will distribute our donations among the local Food Pantries throughout the Cape.
The most needed food items include:
- Canned Tuna/Salmon in water
- Peanut Butter
- Brown Rice
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- Healthy Fruit Jams and Jellies
- Low Sodium Canned Vegetables
- Low Sodium Hearty Soups
- Powdered Milk
Since our One Book project, The Grapes of Wrath will focus on poverty, especially on the Cape, this activity seems particularly appropriate.
Floriano Pavao, a volunteer at the Harwich Food Pantry, will coordinate our efforts.
The Legacy Fund of ALL has been in existence for about 12 years. The Fund was created to increase financial support to be used solely to enhance the academic programs offered, and not for purposes of meeting operational expenses. All Fund members have given minimum donations of $1000 or more.
Anyone seeking more information regarding the Fund or making a contribution should contact either Treasurer Frank Serra (508 534-9692) or President Betty Moylan ( 508 778-5609).
Carol’s Hours during Mid-term
Dec. 9 – Jan. 29, Carol’s days and hours at the ALL office are Tues., Wed., Thurs., 10:30 4:30.
From the Editors
ALLways welcomes Letters to the Editors with comments and suggestions on just about anything related to our organization. We also welcome articles, blurbs and snippets. We don’t accept unsigned material. Email us and see your name in print. Barbara & Pio.
Happy Holidays from us to all of you.
Blessings, Good Will and Peace in our land and throughout the world.
ALLways co-editors, Barbara Leedom & Pio Petrocchi
Production, Carol Call, Jackie Faulhaber